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Answer to Grad Student Prayer: Longer Loan Periods

Dear Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity Graduate Students, lay and seminarians —

Have you ever requested the intersession of Saint Jerome, patron saint of libraries, for more time with library materials?  Struggled with the moral dilemma of whether to return library books with maxed out renewals even though you know you cannot check it out right away because someone else is waiting for it … you need it just a little while longer?  Your Master’s thesis is so close to being done!SuccessKid_LongerLoans

The libraries have heard your cries, graduate students.  Your due dates are getting longer! 


Starting Monday, July 15, 2013, all graduate students will be able to borrow library books from UST’s circulating collections* for 120 days with an additional 120 day renewal if no other requests are waiting.**

That’s a whopping total of 240 days!  It’s more than double the time of the previous total of 98 days (42 day initial loan + 28 day renewal period + another 28 day renewal period).  Instead of having a book for only one semester, you can have it for two terms!

The overdue fine and lost book fee structure remains the same.  Overdue fines do not accrue on a daily basis.  Items are considered lost when they are note returned within a month.  A charge of $65 per item is applied to your library account for lost materials.  The library reserves the right to charge a higher fee when the cost to replace an item exceeds $65.  

If you have any comments or questions about this change in borrowing policy or how Ireland Library can serve you, please contact us at

* Loans from other library collections (CLIC, MTLA, ILL) have loan periods of varying lengths; please check your online library account or contact library staff to confirm when your items are due.
** The library reserves the right to recall at any time for items needed for course reserve lists.

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